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India reports 333 COVID-19 deaths, 24,337 new cases in past 24 hours
New Delhi, December 21, 2020
India today recorded 333 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 24,337 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours as the spread of the virus continued to slow down in most parts of the country.
With these, the total number of cases so far, since the first case was registered in late January, has risen to 10,055,560 while the death toll has increased to 145,810.
The number of deaths in a 24-hour period remained below the 400-mark for the ninth consecutive day.
The number of new cases of infection in a day remained below 40,000 for the 22nd consecutive day today and below 30,000 for the eighth day in a row and for the tenth time in the last two weeks.
The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 9,606,111 as of this morning, up 25,709 from yesterday, making for a recovery rate of 95.53%.
The number of active cases decreased by 1,705 in the past 24 hours to 303,639, the lowest in more than five months.
The highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day in the country -- 1,290 -- was reported on September 16. India had reported 341 deaths yesterday.
The highest number of fresh cases of infection in a 24-hour period -- 97,894 -- was reported on September 17. The country had recorded 26,624 new cases of infection yesterday.
The world has reported a total of more than 76.794 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed to 1,692,722 as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.
India is placed second in the world in terms of the total number of cases of infection so far, behind the United States (more than 17.840 million cases) and ahead of Brazil (more than 7.238 million cases).
In terms of the number of deaths, the country ranks third after the US (317,667) and Brazil (186,764).